Shocking Unionist Reaction to Baby Boxes

How could a policy designed to benefit newborn babies – addressing the serious problems of infant mortality and childhood poverty – provoke such a vitriolic reaction? While it sickens me to the stomach, part of me – as a social scientist – understands the hostility of Scotland’s comfortable middle-class unionists towards

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Despicable Acts of Wickedness in the Midst of Tragedy

Follow @UrFhasaidh Yesterday I was relieved to read an update from an old college drinking buddy announcing that he was safe and well after the earthquake in Nepal where he has been volunteering. Regrettably we haven’t stayed in touch, but we are linked to one another over social media and so I was aware that … Continue reading Despicable Acts of Wickedness in the Midst of Tragedy

Wreck-It Ralph: A Theodicy Out of the Mouths of Babes

Follow @UrFhasaidh Don’t laugh. It isn’t every day I watch a children’s movie, but for a couple of reasons I have made an exception for Wreck-It Ralph. Someone special in my life loves kids’ movies, and I have a thing for retro video games, so this was a film I was going to see eventually, … Continue reading Wreck-It Ralph: A Theodicy Out of the Mouths of Babes

Children, Marriage Equality, Distortions, and Lies

Follow @UrFhasaidh Writing for the Iona Institute’s blog on Friday Ben Conroy gave a summation of his own take on the arguments of the Yes campaign (Does the Yes side believe in the ‘Irish mammy’ or not?, 10 April 2015). Taking Joan Burton’s story of the Irish mother who wants the best for her children … Continue reading Children, Marriage Equality, Distortions, and Lies

Let’s all be very Modern and Neuter our Children

It is entirely possible that Rónán was sending me up on one, but I can’t be quite sure. Over a long discussion this friend of mine introduces me to the idea, which he sees as quite ethical, of raising children free from gender stereotypes. According to Megan Gibson, writing for the Time (‘Parents Who Hid … Continue reading Let’s all be very Modern and Neuter our Children